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WARNING 1: Don’t go to Clerks 2 if you are easily offended. A very famous film critic in America walked out after 40 minutes because he found it so vulgar. But he was 63 years old, which brings us to WARNING 2: Don’t go to Clerks 2 if you are an old person, because you just won’t get it, and you will probably die of a heart attack. However, you should go to this movie if 1) you like Kevin Smith’s other films, 2) you like a good laugh, and 3) you have an extremely filthy mind.
Yes folks, Jay and Silent Bob are back, new and improved, recently out of rehab and back doing what they do best – standing by a wall selling illegal substances.
Clerks 2 is the sixth installment of Kevin Smith’s interconnected View Askewniverse series that started in 1994 with Clerks, then continued with Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), Dogma (1999), and Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back (2001). It returns Smith to the place where he belongs, the genre where he is King, and completely blows away his forgettable 2004 effort, Jersey Girl.
Clerks 2 brings back old friends Dante (Brian O’Halloran) and Randall (Jeff Anderson), still in Jersey after 13 years, still working at the same Quick Stop. That is until it burns down and they have to seek employment at a fast food burger joint, with Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) in tow.
Dante, however, is engaged to be married and will soon be moving to Florida with his fiance. But first he must work out the meaning of true love and who he really is, all while Randall is planning to give him the Going Away Party to end all Going Away Parties. A party that involves a girl named Kinky Kelly, a donkey, and a whole lot of love.
Clerks 2 is sick. But that is exactly what it aims to be. There may be times watching this movie when you will feel like vomiting. But then there will be times when it will be so tender that you may feel like weeping. And in between, you will just laugh until you leave a puddle on your seat.
For anyone who is a fan of Kevin Smith, Clerks 2 is exactly what you would expect it to be. There are lots of his signiture „in-jokes“ (these are jokes that relate to other movies, the View Askewniverse, and comic books that only fans will understand) to keep movie geeks happy for hours. The dialogue mostly sounds forced, although the acting has improved since the first movie. Smith is a master at creating and developing characters, but not so good at story development, and Clerks 2 lacks Dogma’s well constructed storyline.
For a Kevin Smith fan, watching Clerks 2 is like seeing friends that you haven’t seen for years because you moved away. Now you have returned and you find they haven’t changed. Or have they? You notice subtle differences in their mannerisms, but you can’t quite put your finger on what it is.
One true gem that really works for Clerks 2 is the soundtrack. Most people who saw and enjoyed Clerks 1 in 1994 were in their early 20’s. Now they are in their mid 30’s, and the music Smith uses reflects their tastes, and will bring back memories of their youth. Followers of the View Askewniverse have seen their lives mirrored by Smith’s films over the last 13 years, making him a truely „generational“ director.
To paraphrase one character, if you watch this movie „you’ll be disgusted and repulsed, and you won’t be able to look away“.
Just remember to take a bucket and a mop to the theater to clean up any mess you might make.